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facing the death penalty. anthony's defense included allegations her father molested her and helped cover up the fact that caylee drowned in the family pool. >> casey did not murder caylee. it's that simple. >> reporter: but she was convicted on four counts of providing false information to police. >> you have three -- why are you lying to us? >> reporter: on thursday the judge will sentence her on those charges. up to four years. but with time served since she was arrested in 2008, casey anthony could soon walk free. anthony's parents, george and cindy anthony, released a statement saying in part, "despite the baseless defense chosen by casey anthony, the jury made a fair decision based on the evidence presented." they then asked for their
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privacy. kristen dahlgren, nbc news, orlando. >> as you might imagine, legal experts aren't the only ones weighing in on this story. head to to read more reaction from this not guilty verdict. just search casey. >> we're getting our first look at weather here at 4:31. tom kierein is here to tell us about the forecast. >> and eun yang is here too. welcome back. >> thank you so much. we do have the humidity that's returned along with eun. >> don't blame me. now it's in the mid and upper 70s in washington, low 70 to mid-70s around the bay and eastern shore. hazy steamy air this morning. the view from space showing a mostly clear sky over the haze. there are clouds building to our west. shenandoah valley mostly cloudy
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now and much of virginia, and we do have a few showers way down in the southern shenandoah valley and also just to the east of the blue ridge there around lynchburg and roanoke. there's the washington monument under this hazy sky on this wednesday morning, the 6th day of july. we'll have hazy sunshine this morning. sunrise is at 5:49. low 80s by midmorning. up around 90 by noontime. then late afternoon into the evening, we have the possibility of scattered thunderstorms. a slight risk they would be severe just south of washington. a look at the night planner in ten minutes. danella, good morning. how's traffic. >> good morning. all is calm right now checking the roadways for you. so far no incidents to report. this is the american legion bridge. you can see traffic is flowing, and you have no delays there. as we head over to the key bridge, so far all is clear here as well. and taking a look right now at the 14th street bridge, only at
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6:00 in the morning it could look this good. hey, i'm not a magician, i can't make that happen. back in ten minutes with another update. metro escalator problems are getting worse, and that's no surprise to metro riders who use the system regularly. tomorrow metro's board will get the full report. according to the prepared presentation, more than 100 escalators were out of service in may because of maintenance and unscheduled service calls. metro says several escalators will remain out of service while crews remain problems that have long been neglected. the number of deadly accidents spiked this past holiday weekend in virginia. according to wtop radio, state police reported 13 people died in 11 different crashes. that's from friday morning through monday night. during the same time last year, six people were killed in crashes. according to the report, alcohol was a factor in four of this year's accidents, and at least five of the victims were not wearing seat belts. today a bristow, virginia
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mother is expected to turn herself into place after being charged with felony murder and child neglect. dr. karen murphy is accused of leaving her 2-year-old son ryan in the family minivan for several hours earlier this month on a day when temperatures reached 85 degrees. by the time he was found, the boy was dead. it wasn't the first time either. court documents show murphy left her son in the car for 20 minutes in january in her work parking lot. murphy is expected to appear in court after turning herself in. also today, grand jury is set to hear evidence about possible new charges against the bus driver at the wheel behind the bus in the crash at king's dominion. he's already charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter. investigators discovered he fell asleep at the wheel, causing the crash back in may. his wife said he told the bus company he was too tired to drive, but he drove anyway because he feared for his job. each charge carries up to ten years in prison. police in two jurisdictions hope a website will lead them to
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a killer in a georgetown cold case. the site will seek information in the 1998 murder. investigators say they recently used dna to connect her killer to a series of rapes in montgomery county in the early '90s. they hope by posting a composite of the killer they will have similar success to detectives hunting the east coast rapist. this morning a 32-year-old autistic man is charged with stabbing his father to death. this happened in great falls in fairfax county. police say that casey hemmer reported a break-in on the fourth of july. when police arrived, they discovered that his father lawrence hemmer was dead. it happened while the mother and brother were away watching fireworks. he's being held without bond. this is the sixth homicide in fairfax county this year. the third, police say, that is domestic related. a second man is arrested in
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connection with the deadly shooting near the caribbean shooting. 24-year-old deonte bryant is charged with second degree murder. he's one of the gunmen involved in the shooting along russian place that killed robert foster jr. and injured two innocent by standers. the fourth shooting victim was also arrested. police say the shooting was gang related. there are calls for prince george's county councilwoman leslie johnson to resign sooner than later in the wake of charges against her. she handed in a resignation letter until july 31st, which delays the special election to fill her seat. last week she pleaded guilty to destroying money given to her husband, former county executive jack johnson. her sentencing is set for october the 13th. 4:36. a special hearing later this morning will address the police department's response to hate crimes in the district. police chief kathy lanier is set to testify along with the group gays and lesbians opposing
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violence. the public safety committee is trying to determine if police are responding effectively to reports of hate crimes of the today's hearing is set to begin at 10:00 this morning. the verizon center is gearing up for the huge influx of people expected there for the dalai lama's appearance. he's hosting a ten-day event which focuses on the teachings of life. it also doubles at a prayer service for world peace. more than 100,000 people are expected to attend over the week. this is only the third time the event has been held in north america, and people we spoke with say they are thrilled. >> he's just an amazing, inspirational force, and it's such a privilege to be in his presence. >> to listen to him and take home something that was missing. >> today is also a special day for the dalai lama.
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it is his 76th birthday. here's a breakdown of his visit. today he'll give a short teaching followed by a birthday celebration. on july 9th, he'll give a talk for world peace on the west lawn of the national mall. he'll also talk about the foundations of buddhist philosophy and ethics. from july 12th through the 15th, he'll talk about the empowerment of the kalachakra. the closing ceremony will be held on the 15th. ahead on "news 4 today," more legal troubles for dominique strauss-kahn. the latest allegations against the former imf chief.ñq
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good morning. weather and traffic on the ones early on this wednesday morning at 4:41. around the region, we have haze, humidity in the air, under a mostly clear sky across northern virginia, the district, much of maryland. it's in the 70s. as well as right near the bay and the eastern shore. and much of virginia now, though just to the south of washington, is cloudy. but right now, right over washington, it's just a hazy clear sky. and by 9:00 we'll still have hazy sunshine around. then thickening clouds as we get into the afternoon. by 9:00 into the low 80s. by noontime upper 80s. by mid to late afternoon, we
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ought to hit the low 90s for a brief time. late afternoon and into this evening, we could have thunderstorms popping up and coming through. there is a slight risk they would be severe, mainly just south of washington. and then any storms around should dissipate by late evening and partly cloudy after that. warm and humid start to tomorrow morning. we'll be down in the low to mid-70s. danella, how's traffic? >> good morning. still looking good. checking local roads in prince george's county. so far no incidents to report. a good commute for you. as well as in montgomery county. this is georgia avenue and 16th street. so far montgomery county as well your local roads look great. as we head over to d.c., 14th and "i" street is looking well as well. i'll be back in ten minutes with another update for you. back to you, joe and eun? >> danella, thank you. 4:42 is the time. it's the final countdown to nasa's final shuttle launch. why the hundreds of thousands of people hoping to watch that historic moment this friday may be disappointed:
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welcome back. at 4:45 this morning, the families of seven missing u.s. tourists await word about their loved ones after their fishing boat capsized off the mexican coast. the search will resume later today. the tourists were enjoying their second day at sea in a week long fishing trip when a sudden storm struck capsizing the boat on sunday. the group organized the fishing trip for the last several years around the fourth of july. 19 fishermen and 16 crew members were on board. besides repairing the
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organization's image, le guard facing a huge crisis in greece. she's also the first woman to lead the lending giant. meanwhile, her predecessor is facing new charges of sexual allegations. the author is accusing him of grabbing her during a 2003 interview and attempting to wrestle her to the ground. strauss-kahn was released from house arrest on friday after prosecutors admitted they had serious questions about the credibility of a new york city hotel housekeeper who claimed she was sexually assaulted. president obama has summoned leaders of both parties to the white house tomorrow in further talks on the debt showdown. he is pushing congress to reach a deal within two weeks on raising the nation's borrowing limit well before the august 2nd deadline. republicans say a deal is hinging on raising taxes, which is not an option, they say. meanwhile, democrats predict the economy could soon unravel if the two sides don't come up with a plan soon.
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>> our view is the way you solve the debt crisis is to go on a diet, not a shopping spree. >> defaulting on the debt would risk millions of american jobs, halt tax refunds, social security checks, medicare payments, and even paychecks for our troops. >> in a speech the president said he strongly opposes short term increases but did not say he'd rule out a limited extension. 4:47 is the time. new york governor andrew cuomo is denying speculation that he might become president obama's running mate in 2012. some suggest that current vice president joe biden would become secretary of state in the second administration, and cuomo would replace him on the democratic ticket. the governor called the speculation political chatter and silliness and said he's focused on his current job. this morning an oregon man is in custody accused of threatening to kill president obama and his family. prosecutors say james swanson made a number of phone calls to federal offices and said he'd shoot the obamas. the secret service arrested him and did not find weapons in his portland home. a judge ordered him to take a
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mental health evaluation. one of the 13 people injured in a january shooting that tried to take the life of congresswoman gabrielle giffords is back to work now. 65-year-old ron barber is the district director of the congresswoman's tucson office. he was hit in the cheek and the thigh during the shooting at a tucson grocery store that killed six people and wounded giffords. barber will work part time while he continues his recovery. for the second straight major, golf fans will have to root for someone other than tiger woods. woods announced yesterday he will miss the british open, which starts next week. he is still nursing a knee and achilles injury he sustained at the masters. woods tried to play in the players championship back in may but dropped out after nine holes. woods said in a statement he is only going back when he is 100% ready but that he is, quote, very disappointed and apologized to british open fans. this morning the oil spill near yellowstone national park is larger than first feared and
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may be more difficult to clean up. about 1,000 barrels of crude oil spilled into the yellowstone river in montana when a pipeline broke on friday. they dispute claims that the crude affected only 25 miles of river. they believe it traveled hundreds of miles north to nod. forecasters say weather could delay the final shuttle flight. despite threatening weather, nasa started the countdown clock ahead of friday's launch. a shuttle weather officer says there's a 60% chance that rain or thunderstorms will postpone the liftoff of "atlantis." that unfortunate forecast comes as millions of spectators are expected to head to florida's east coast to watch the launch. >> so a lot. you know, friday morning, kids are out of school, it's a great opportunity for folks to come watch the last launch. >> the four astronauts assigned to the 12-day flight are at kennedy space center preparing for their mission. "atlantis" is scheduled to launch at 11:26 friday morning and make one last supply run to
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the international space station. after landing, the shuttle will head to a museum. this morning thousands of people are without power after a massive sandstorm. take a look at this amazing video. wow, look at that. you can see the huge dust storm moving across the sky and the ground near phoenix. the storm closed the sky harbor airport for about an hour. drivers had to pull over on interstate 10 because they simply could
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farther to the south and east along the lower part of the eastern shore, near 70. farther west and north, also near 70. to the 60s out in the mountains. a cool 61 at elkins. much of western maryland and west virginia cooler this morning, but humidity is going to be moving in there as well as this day progresses. all of this coming in on a shifting wind now coming in out of the south and southwest, bringing in some clouds and increased humidity. also getting some showers now just to the north of roanoke and lynchburg, and that's beginning to drift up the blue ridge around charlottesville. later this morning, this front is going to be stalled right over us, and right over our
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region is where we'll have scattered showers and thunderstorms. just to the south of washington is where we have the risk of severe storms later this afternoon and into early this evening. right now no storms around, no rain, don't have any travel problems weatherwise. there's just a hazy sky over the washington monument. sunrise at 5:49. a little hazy sunshine this morning and a mostly cloudy afternoon as we climb to the upper 80s and maybe even low 90s in a few areas. late afternoon into the evening is when we do have the possibility of scattered thunderstorms around. it's only a 30% or 40% chance. still nonetheless, a slight risk of severe storms. partly cloudy late this evening. still steamy. starting off tomorrow morning in the low to mid-70s with thick summer haze and humidity around. another hazy and hot day on thursday. partly sunny with highs reaching the low 90s by midafternoon. again during the afternoon and
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evening we could get storms tomorrow. then on friday looking cloudy and maybe a bit cooler. highs in the 80s. could have a shower in the morning, maybe passing showers and storms friday afternoon into friday night, but they should end very early saturday morning. and then the rest of the weekend is looking better. still going to be humid. probably no storms around saturday, sunday, monday, tuesday. each day hazy, hot, and humid, up around 90. danella, good morning. how's traffic? >> good morning. we are still looking good in our area. the roadways are peaceful and calm and no incidents to report at this time. want to give you a look at our roadways. this is south cap and suitland parkway. we have some commuters, but nothing significant at this time. i-66 inside and outside of the beltway, it is a clear ride for you. as we head up to 270 in clarksburg, you can see some people are heading down 270 south, but, again, no significant volume at this time. eun and joe, back to you. >> thank you very much, danella. we have a traffic alert for
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drivers in alexandria, virginia, telegraph road will be closed in both directions from duke street to huntington avenue. crews will place new girders for the bridge over telegraph road. it will shut down tonight and friday night at 11:00 and stay closed until 5:00 a.m. you may have a tougher time hailing a taxicab in alexandria. the city suspended 68 taxis from service for failing to have annual vehicle inspections done. that's about 10% of the fleet serving the city. taxicab operators were notified back in january they had until june 30th to get the inspections. they were allowed to continue providing service during the holiday weekend but are now p prohibited from doing so. they are allowed back on the road as soon as the inspections are complete. he's calling it something awesome, but facebook founder mark zuckerberg is keeping it quiet about the announcement about today's social networking site. we'll have the rumors about what that something awesome might be.
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welcome back at 4:57. today jury selection will begin in the trial of former yankees pitcher roger clemens. clemens is accused of lying to congress when he denied using performance enhancing drugs during his 23-season career. yesterday a judge ruled that
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statements from clemens' former teammates would not be allowed. some teammates claim that trainer brian mcnamie gave several on the teamster eyed injections. the first lady is joining with major league baseball to support military families. last night she joined with military children to throw out the first pitch at the nationals game. michelle obama also joined several families as they were recognized by fans during a third inning tribute of the military by the nats. and the home team put on a show, beating the cubs 3-2. congrats. facebook founder mark zuckerberg will make a big announcement today that he's calling, quote, something awesome. tech insiders say he could unveil a video chat powered by skype. the other speculation is that facebook's long awaited app for apple's ipad could finally be ready info yto launch, or that unveil a smart app for smart phones. preacher who predicted this
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year's doomsday is now in a nursing home. >> october 21, 2011, and at that time, the whole world will be destroyed. >> that's harold kcamping makin his predictions of the apocalypse. he predicted judgment day would happen may 21st. his media empire spent millions of dollars for billboards to promote his message. and he also said the end of the world would be october 21st of this year. >> stay with us. "news 4 today" continues at 5:00 a.m. if you're young and cute in america, you can get away with murder. >> yes, they had a lot of circumstantial evidence, but they didn't have concrete


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